Fans of the New York Mets can now lift their brooms high. For the third consecutive game, they came from behind to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, sweeping the series. The New York Mets are now 5-1 against the Philadelphia Phillies this year. Of all the teams to sweep, this feels best, especially in their own stadium.
As I said recently, this team doesn’t quit. This game was back and forth for a good portion of it, as the Phillies would score, and then the next inning the New York Mets would tie it right back up. Dillon Gee didn’t pitch great, but he kept them in the game and kept it close enough for the New York Mets to come back and take the lead eventually. He struggled a bit in the 6th inning, giving up two runs but Tim Byrdak came in and closed the gate. That set it up for the team to take the lead in the 7th.
They say leadoff walks will kill you, it sure seemed to do so for Kyle Kendrick. He gave up a leadoff walk to Kirk Nieuwenhuis pinch hitting, then a Justin Turner double brought him home. Another double, where the runner doesn’t score, and a walk later and the bases are loaded with still nobody out. Lucas Duda, pinch hitting, gets hit by a pitch, bringing home a run. Andres Torres grounded out to bring home another run. They didn’t finish scoring for the day there.
In the 8th inning, they kept up the New York Mets kept up their good play against the Phillies bullpen. They had a leadoff double from David Wright, then a run scoring double for Scott Hairston. Ike Davis added a 3-run home run. I’m hoping that’s a sign that Ike is coming out of the slump. Add in a home run from Torres in the 9th inning and the New York Mets scored 10 runs.
Now they head to Miami to face the Miami Marlins this weekend.